Vampire power is sucking away your savings, to the tune of $19 billion a year

May 14, 2015 by  
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Your mother probably taught you to turn off the light when you leave a room. Why waste money and energy when you’re not using it, right? Well, there are lots of other sneaky ways that we’re wasting electricity, and it’s costing us big time. Vampire power, or standby power, is the energy wasted by appliances and other electronic gadgets that are drawing power when not actually in use. It’s costing Americans $19 billion annually, according to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council. Read the rest of Vampire power is sucking away your savings, to the tune of $19 billion a year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: how to lower utility bill , how to lower your electric bill , how to save energy , how to save money on electricity , standby power , Vampire Power , wasted energy , wasted power

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Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

May 14, 2015 by  
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Earth’s permafrost is thawing and the consequences for the planet are concerning. Scientists estimate that 1,330 billion to 1,580 billion tons of organic carbon are stored within the permanently frozen soil of the Arctic and subarctic regions. As the Earth’s temperature increases, the previously frozen soil releases its long-trapped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This creates a positive feedback loop, in which these gases then further warm the climate, which then melts more permafrost, and so on. Over the past thirty years, the Arctic has warmed twice as fast as other regions and its thawing permafrost could accelerate the effects of climate change. While scientists have been aware of this cycle for quite some time, researchers have recently clarified how the powerful destabilizing effect of melting permafrost will unfold. In short, it could be worse. Read the rest of Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , arctic permafrost , arctic thaw , arctic thawing , Climate Change , climate change research , effects of climate change , global warming , global warming permafrost , permafrost

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How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

October 24, 2012 by  
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Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,200 annually on energy bills , and close to half of that figure can be attributed to heating and cooling? If you’re looking to chop that number down, there are a lot of things you can do , but one of the most effective is to install a programmable thermostat . You’ve probably heard about these useful gadgets before, but they can be a little intimidating for homeowners who have never used one. The truth is that they’re probably much less complicated than your Tivo or DVR system, and once you have the hang of it, they can save you about $180* a year. Read on as we break down the basics of programmable thermostats into digestable bits. * Based on ENERGY STAR averages. The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer. Read the rest of How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , cut energy bill , Energy Savings , honeywell programmable thermostat , how to save energy , how to save money , how to use a programmable thermostat , programmable thermostat , programmable thermostats , save money in your home , save money with a programmable thermostat , thermostat , wifi enabled thermostat , wifi thermostat

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245 Buildings Compete in EPA’s Biggest Energy Loser Competition 2011

August 3, 2011 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is halfway through their second annual ENERGY STAR National Building Contest — or as we like to call it the Biggest Energy Loser Competition — where buildings compete to shed the largest amount of energy usage over a six month period. This year’s competition is being fought out by a field of 245 teams from buildings around the country (that number is way  up from just 14 last year ) and together, the buildings have avoided a total of $3.7 million in utility bills over the first three months of the competition. The leaders have cut their energy use by as much as 30% and from here on out, it’s a race to the finish to see which building claims the top spot on November 2nd. Read the rest of 245 Buildings Compete in EPA’s Biggest Energy Loser Competition 2011 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architectural energy savings , biggest loser , building energy savings , energy saving competition , energy saving strategies , energy star building competition , epa biggest loser , how to save energy , renewable energy

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AIA Launches New Initiative to Revive Stalled Construction Sites Across the Country

August 3, 2011 by  
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Over the last couple years, Americans have become increasingly familiar with the sight of stalled construction sites due to the recession. To help mitigate this ugly issue, the American Institute of Architects has launched a new initiative aimed at reviving these stalled sites and jump-starting their completion. Not only will this eliminate undesirable, empty spaces, but it will create thousands of construction jobs. Read the rest of AIA Launches New Initiative to Revive Stalled Construction Sites Across the Country Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aia , aia stalled building initiative , aia stalled construction sites , american architects , american institute of architects , new building initiative , stalled building initiative , stalled buildings , stalled construction sites , unfinished buildings

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WasteLandscape: 65,000 Discarded CDs Form a Sea Of Metallic Dunes in Paris

August 3, 2011 by  
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Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

August 3, 2011 by  
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Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan’s 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms . Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny since the March 11th earthquake, tidal wave and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster , and particular attention has been paid to Japan’s slow adoption of renewable energy technology. Son has decided to tackle this problem head on and has done the math – turning just 20% of Japan’s unused rice paddies into solar farms would replace all 50 million kilowatts of energy generated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. Read the rest of Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Japan , japan energy market , japan renewable energy , japan solar power , Japanese , japanese clean energy , japanese energy market , japanese renewable energy , japanese solar power , renewable energy , rice paddy , Solar Power

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EPA’s Biggest Loser, A UNC Dorm, Shed $250,000 in Energy Bills

October 27, 2010 by  
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Photo courtesy of UNC Chapel Hill The United States’  Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition — or as we and the rest of the world has been calling it, The Biggest Energy Loser Competition — has announced a winner! First place goes to the Morrison Residence Hall at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for a whopping 36% energy reduction and a total energy savings of about $250,000 just this year . The competition was launched on April 27, 2010 and counting all the progress from the 14 teams — or buildings — that competed across the country, the total came to $950,000 in savings . Read the rest of EPA’s Biggest Loser, A UNC Dorm, Shed $250,000 in Energy Bills http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daniel Arneman , energy loser , epa , epa biggest loser , how to save a lot of energy , how to save energy , the biggest energy loser , unc chapel hill , university of north carolina , university of north carolina chapel hill

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